It's that time of the year again where laptop-toting people of all ages flock towards coffee shops, bookstores and libraries to crank out 50,000 words or more in 30 days.
Yes, it is another year (month really) of NaNoWriMo that I will be passing up again. Maybe I'll participate next year if I have enough vacation credits so my day job will not get in the way and hopefully by that time, I'll have a replacement for my 2008 MacBook (Black) that I traded in last Aug. 14, 2014. I'm waiting for the updated MacBook Air since the rumor mill are saying it will be refreshed sometime in 2015.
Anyway, as for NaNoWriMo, I have decided to help participants this year, by posting a daily Writer's Block Fix using Talecraft by Komikasi Enterprise. I am not sure if Talecraft is available here in the U.S. because I bought this deck back in February 2010 in Makati, Philippines at a Powerbooks bookstore in Greenbelt. The funny thing about this purchase was that I had intended to use this deck of cards to generate story ideas but ever since the great move, I haven't used it much less cracked it open.... At least until tonight.
I know that a lot of writers utilize Tarot cards as creative writing tools which is also great (I have the beautiful Celestial Tarot Deck but I haven't used it as a writing tool) if you want a more complicated spread.
The beauty of Talecraft lies in its simplicity — you don't need a reference book or be a Tarot card expert to decipher what the card means. The deck has 3 stacks: Genre, Archetypes and Key. Under the Key stack, you have Plotline, Keyword, Pick and Swap. The rules are pretty simple: pick 1 card from the Genre stack, 2 cards from the Archetypes stack representing the protagonist and the antagonist and 6 cards from the Key stack. If your key cards are under Plotline and Keyword, you have to incorporate these cards in your story. And if you have a Pick & Swap cards, follow the directions on the card.
And because I was reading up on Tarot cards as creative writing tools, I came upon this beautiful Fairy Tale Tarot Deck by Lisa Hunt and I want it because I love fairy tales and this is more appropriate to use as a writing tool instead of my Celestial Tarot Deck, don't you agree?
Anyway, I am excited to be finally using my Talecraft Deck and hopefully my 30 days of Writer's Block Fix will help someone overcome Writer's Block or to spark someone's inner creative powers.
Counting down to Nov. 1 when the first Writer's Block Fix will be posted here on the blog! Stayed tuned!